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TALON BY JULIA KAGAWA | BOOK REVIEW


One of my goals for 2018 was to get my head into more books, so I started a reading challenge on the 01st January to read at LEAST 12 books through out the year. Whilst January was a god awful month to what seems like pretty much all of us, it also gave me the time to get started on the challenge.

My book of choice for January was Julie Kagawa's Talon, part of a 5 book series surrounding dragons and dragon hunters (whats not to like, I was sold already). I have read other books by the same author including The Iron Fey series, which is also a must read in my opinion, so I had high hopes for this.

Outline:
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

I keep referring to this book inline with the Eragon series, but really its not. Yes it has dragons and yes it has people who don't like dragons but its not that kind of plot. Kagawa's story telling of Talon goes beyond that of a hatched dragon egg, she has enabled the reader to use there imagination of how a dragon can become a human. 

The book tells the story of Ember and her twin brother Dante, two dragons born into Talon, basically, a group full of dragons training to take over the humans. They place sleepers in plain sight to infiltrate the human race and hope they don't get caught by the Order of St George. But whilst Ember is placed during the summer and struggles with her training and how to fit in she meets Garrett. Little do either of them know, they are actually sworn enemies. 

The story follows with the two getting to know each other and Ember learning that there is more to Talon than she's being lead to believe. I was left rooting for the two of them to be together, its one of those where you know its not possible though because of who they are.

There are a few twists as other characters come into the story and by the end of the book I was already ordering the second in the series just to see what happens next!

If your a person who loves using your imagination whilst reading, and being taken somewhere in a way that only books can do, then this ones for you. I loved reading Talon and didn't want to put it down, the story and the way its written are both perfectly done.

Congratulations to Kagawa on another great series!

You can purchase a copy of Talon HERE on Amazon.





THE TRAVEL TAG



Good Morning and HELLO February!.....I feel like I'm back, and I'm ready to start 2018. January was just a trial month to see how much crap I could take. Welllll...... crap taken and I wish for no more of that for the next 11 months. Please. Thank You. 

Moving onward and upward then, being a travel loving person who cant sit still and absolutely hates having NOTHING booked, I figured what better post to start with than a Travel Tag, thanks to Kelly Diane for the blog inspiration. Me and the pooch have spent way too much time eyeing up inspiration for this years travels not to write a post like this! (P.s you'll be seeing a lot more of Frank!)

Its really very simple and anyone can take part, simply copy the questions into a post of your own and answer them. Then if you know some people who you want to nosey into, tag them to complete it too! 

Which Countries of the world have you already visited?
Gosh! Lots! Thankfully! Some of my favourites include Singapore, Vietnam, Boracay, Mexico, Jamaica, Kota Kinabalu and Florida. I've been lucky enough to go on quiet a few cruises and visit numerous places each time. 

Which destinations are top on your bucket list?
Easy! Unfortunately they are going to remain there for some time though and they are Bali and Thailand.

What is your ideal holiday?
I love sunny holidays, but I like to mix a bit of sight seeing and adventure in. I'm all for finding a lounger and spending the day reading a good book, but if your visiting a new country, you just have to see what else it has to offer.

Which place did you think was so special that you would love to go back?
The only problem with cruises is you very rarely get more than one day, I have to go back to Hong Kong for sight seeing and Boracay for it's beaches. 

Show us your nicest holiday photo

Taking my favourite niece too Disney World Florida

Show us your funniest holiday photo


My niece in Florida, this picture was captured at the most priceless moment!

Have you ever travelled for work?
I haven't been that lucky until now, I have only ever worked in an office or a Supermarket. Once I start my new job (more to come on that) ill be able to see and do a lot more travelling. Exciting Times ahead!

Who do you mostly go on a holiday with?
My parents, they are amazing for encouragement to see the world. Dont get me wrong, I always pay for my own holidays, I just enjoy travelling with them and seeing places I wouldn't necessarily see any other way.

Who would you like to go on vacation with?
I haven't had the opportunity to travel with my best friend Katie abroad yet, so that would be really nice one day.

Who or what would you take to an uninhabited island?
My friends, family and some very good books!

Would you rather go to an amusement park or a zoo?
I actually really like both, previously at Kota Kinabalu we had the oppurtunity to go the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. It was out of this world, they had so many animals I'd never seen before and so many Elephants! (My favourite!)



Would you rather go on a ski or sun holiday?
In all honesty im not a cold loving person, in the UK or abroad. I hate being cold, I think the only time I would ever go somewhere cold is when I finally visit Lapland. I much prefer the heat and the sun, both for exploring and relaxing.

What is your nicest holiday memory?
My favourite holiday memory has to be in Vietnam, we took an off the beaten track tour provided by the cruise ship. We were able to ride bicycles through the paddy fields and watch the locals working. After that, we were treated to a local meal at a restaurant, it was.. erm.. an experience!



Which countries are you going on holiday to this year?
At the moment of writing this I have Bulgaria booked for a trip in June with family and friends, then im hoping to book somewhere further afield, hopefully Cuba for October. 

Where would you never go on holiday?
Greenland.. ?

If im honest, i've really enjoyed writing this post and hopefully you can take inspiration and enjoy writing your own Travel Tag post! For now, I'll tag Kayleigh @ Hazelnut Musings because for some reason shes a new blogger to me and her posts are BingeWorthy! 


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